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The Okinawa Research Center for Longevity Science

The Okinawa Research Center for Longevity Science

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Takes a look at the longevity of some of the Okinawan people. Lots of supplements being advertised these days claiming it is the seaweed they eat that causes this. Th
There is a lot more to it than that I can assure you....diet and nutrition for starters...
Takes a look at the longevity of some of the Okinawan people. Lots of supplements being advertised these days claiming it is the seaweed they eat that causes this. Th
There is a lot more to it than that I can assure you....diet and nutrition for starters...

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The Okinawa Research Center for Longevity Science
 
The Okinawa Research Center for Longevity Science (ORCLS) is a leading non-profit biomedical research institute built on the foundation of the OkinawaCentenarian Study (OCS), the longest, continuously running study of hundred-year-olds in the world (established 1975). The ORCLS was officially established in1997 by Dr. Makoto Suzuki, the Principal Investigator of the Okinawa CentenarianStudy (OCS), to continue research on Okinawan centenarians after Dr. Suzuki'sretirement from University of the Ryukyus, Faculty of Medicine, where the OCSwas conducted until 1997. Since then the ORCLS has been working together withUniversity of the Ryukyus, Faculty of Medicine (Okinawa), Okinawa InternationalUniversity, Department of Human Welfare (Okinawa), Pacific Health ResearchInstitute (Hawaii), John A. Burns School of Medicine, University of Hawaii atManoa (Hawaii), and Tokyo Metropolitan Institute of Gerontology (Tokyo).Supports have been provided by Japan Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare;Japan Society for the Promotion of Science; Japan Ministry of Education, Culture,Sports, Science and Technology; Prefectural Government of Okinawa, and mostrecently, by the US National Institute on Aging/National Institutes of Health. Themain study carried out by ORCLS, the Okinawa Centenarian Study, is a population-based study of hundred-year-olds (centenarians) and other elderly in Okinawa,Japan. The study began in 1976, after the Japan Ministry of Health, Labour andWelfare confirmed initial reports of outstanding health and long life in Okinawathrough validation of birth certificates and other statistical data. Today, Okinawais known as the region with one of the world`s longest life expectancies, as well asthe largest number of centenarians per 100,000 population; and OCS hasinvestigated over 900 centenarians. Studies have concentrated on the genetics,diets, functional abilities, cognitive abilities and psychology of the centenarians.
Mission and Goals
The mission of the Okinawa Research Center for Longevity Science is to carry outcutting edge research on factors associated with healthy aging and to providescientific, evidence-based information on health and longevity to the public, as
 
well as to researchers and research institutes around the world for thebetterment of the health and lives of all people. To accomplish this mission,ORCLS has set these goals:
 
Uncover the genetic and environmental (diet, lifestyle, psychological,social) factors responsible for the healthy aging phenomenon in Okinawanelderly
 
Continue to establish scientific databanks on genetics, diets, functionalabilities, cognitive health, and other factors for further research on healthyaging
 
Continue to establish biological repositories useful for research on healthyaging
 
Collaborate with other researchers and research institutes to widenunderstanding and share knowledge
 
Engage in cutting edge translational work to translate the study results intoclinically useful interventions for improving the health of older persons
 
Educate geriatric/gerontology students and researchers in the principals of healthy aging
 
Promote healthy aging to governments, government agencies, non-governmental organizations and responsible corporations
The Team
 
 
Makoto Suzuki MD PhD
is a cardiologist andgeriatrician. He is Professor Emeritus and former Director of theDepartment of Community Medicine at the University of the Ryukyus in
 
Okinawa, Japan. Currently, he is Director, Okinawa Research Center forLongevity Science, in Urasoe, Okinawa. He recently retired from hisposition as professor in the Department of Human Welfare at OkinawaInternational University. He is Principal Investigator of the OkinawaCentenarian Study, a Japan Ministry of Health-funded study of theworld's healthiest and longest-lived people. The study is entering its36th year and is the longest continuously running centenarian study inthe world. Dr. Suzuki has over 200 peer-reviewed scientific publicationsand his total publications number over 700 including scientificmanuscripts, conference proceedings, books and book chapters on agingand health. As the first scientist to make a comprehensive study of Okinawan longevity, he organized a conference in 1995 in which theDirector of the World Health Organization supported the declaration of Okinawa as a World Longevity Region. He was recently presented withthe Nishi-Nihon News Award to recognize his lifetime contributions tohealth and well being in Japan.
 
Bradley Willcox MD, MS
is a Physician-Investigator inGeriatrics. He currently holds the post of Medical Director, Departmentof Research and Planning, The Queen's Medical Center, Honolulu,Hawaii as well Associate Clinical Professor, Department of GeriatricMedicine, John A. Burns School of Medicine, University of Hawaii. Dr.Willcox is also an Investigator at the Pacific Health Research andEducation Institute (PHREI) in Honolulu and Investigator, Geriatrics andGerontology at Kuakini Medical Center. Additionally, Dr. Willcox worksas Staff Physician, Orthopedic and Long Term Care Hospitalist Programs,The Queen's Medical Center and Medical Team Care AttendingPhysician, John A. Burns School of Medicine, University of Hawaii.
 
Dr. Willcox is Co-Principal Investigator of the Okinawa Centenarian Studyand Principal Investigator of the U.S. NIH-NIA funded "Hawaii LifespanStudy". He received his Bachelor and Master of Science from theUniversity of Calgary and his MD from the University of Toronto andsubsequently trained in internal medicine at the Mayo Clinic and

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